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Python and Finance – Power Up Your Spreadsheets

by Stefan Thelin

The Python language has the functionality to consign many a VBA-filled spreadsheet, held together with sticky tape, to the recycle bin. Its ease of use and suitability for iterative development lends well to finance-based workflows. We delve into this and provides a brief tutorial.

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How to Craft a Successful Go to Market Strategy

by Natasha Ketabchi

As a venture investor, Natasha Ketabchi spends most of her day evaluating tech startups as potential investments. In early-stage investments, Natasha finds that the three things that matter most are team, product, and sales and marketing approach—including their go to market strategy. In this article, Natasha lifts the veil on what venture investors look for in a solid GTM plan.

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The Street Guide on How to Hire a Part-time CFO

by Scott Hoover

When does it make sense for a business to consider hiring a part-time CFO? Are there situations in which it doesn't make sense at all? What attributes and criteria should businesses use to filter and select candidates? This article by Toptal Finance Expert Scott Hoover looks at answers to all three questions, and is intended to be a practical guide based on nearly a decade of experience as a freelance CFO for privately held companies.

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Evaluating the Nature of Business Ethics in Practice

by Martin Kemeny

Using the 2016 Wells Fargo Banking Scandal as an example, this article dissects the situation according to the principles of the three classic ethical theorists: Plato, Kant, and Mill. It then offers some suggestions on how to improve ethics in business.

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Pricing Strategies for Success: A Practical Guide

by Dalibor Pajic

Pricing strategy is one of the most important functions that any business engages in. Prices are a foundational element of a company's revenues—If managed carefully, they can generate high profits and consequently cash. But setting prices appropriately is tricky, and when mistakes are made, companies suffer. In this article, Toptal Finance Expert Dalibor Pajic draws on his 15+ year career in corporate finance to outline seven practical examples of when pricing strategy plays a crucial role, with the aim of illustrating how pricing decisions can be approached in different situations. Pending

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How to Get Consulting Clients – An Interview with Steve Blank

by Elizabeth J. Howell Hanano, CFA

Consultants often struggle to find new, solid clients. We asked Steve Blank, the founder of the Lean Startup movement (and someone who has helped hundreds of companies get a better product to market faster and worked with dozens of consultants along the way) how consultants can attract clients. Steve's advice is a bit counter-intuitive. But it's something that Toptal's best consultants have already been doing for years.

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Adapting for Success – A Guide to Change Management

by Edwin Petersen

With today’s rapid pace of technological progress, organizational change is perhaps more necessary than it ever has been. But change is hard. Countless studies show that more often than not, corporations fail to implement change successfully, losing money, time, and employee morale in the process. Based on his 20+ years of international finance experience across a range of industries, and over a decade of experience as a CFO, Toptal Finance Expert Edwin Petersen outlines his thoughts on why change management often fails and how to get it right.

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Survival Metrics: Getting to Grips with the Startup Burn Rate

by Pierre Francois

Burn rate is one of the simplest, yet most fundamental metrics that investors and startups focus on. It pertains to the total cash spend of the business per month, which demonstrates both growth progress and potential runway that the business has to survive. This article introduces the burn rate concept and the tactics that can be applied to optimize it.

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